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The journey behind Fullwood’s breakthrough

THE engineering guru behind Bryce Fullwood’s Brad Jones Racing Camaro has opened up on their multi-year mission to get to the front of the field.

The final results at Albert Park didn’t do Fullwood justice, the Territorian having lost third and fourth place finishes due to a pair of unsafe pit release penalties.

Those performances followed charges from 24th to 11th and 20th to seventh in the opening two races of Round 2.

BJR had already been buoyed by the race pace and focus Fullwood exhibited at Newcastle, but Albert Park was perhaps the first time he displayed the type of genuine frontrunning form that underpinned his dominant 2019 Super2 campaign.

Fullwood was all over the Erebus duo in the Saturday race and realistically could have taken a maiden win had the late pit sequence gone his way.

Then the very next day he passed former teammate Chaz Mostert for the race lead, but lost too much time in the process, which played into the hands of the alternate strategy.

“I’m really pleased, even though the pitstop stuff didn’t go how we wanted, establishing the pace and having that speed to run with the frontrunners is really good,” #14 race engineer Phil Keed told V8 Sleuth.

The Middy’s Camaro driven by Fullwood at Albert Park. Pic: Ross Gibb

Keed has previously worked with various high-profile drivers across stints at teams including DJR Team Penske, Ford Performance Racing (now Tickford) and Team 18.

Even after his lost Albert Park results Fullwood holds 10th in the championship, putting him on pace for a far better season than 2022, when he went without a single top eight finish.

Asked what’s changed, Keed replied: “To be perfectly honest, I felt like some of the groundwork was being done at the end of last year.

“We had some good stints but put nothing together; it felt like we were getting worse.

“I think the growth started last year but over Christmas he’s really reset and has come out differently, he’s building some confidence.

“He has always been able to do it, absolutely, just last year felt really clunky and nothing connected.”

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Between Fullwood and Andre Heimgartner’s efforts, BJR is positioned third in the teams’ championship behind Erebus Motorsport and Triple Eight Race Engineering.

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